The Load of Hay in Uxbridge is a good pub, a 'proper' pub which is something of a rarity these days don't you think? There's been live music there on and off since the 1960's- the back bar was built specifically as a folk club- and the current owner Grant is keen for this tradition to continue. Big Tel, East and myself spent a highly enjoyable Sunday evening there during which (a) we saw an excellent harp-and-vocals performance of original songs played by a young lady called Sarah (yes, you read that bit correctly; she really did play the harp!) and (b) I somehow agreed to get involved in booking acts for regular Sunday night acoustic music sessions.
Isn't drinking wonderful!
To this end myself and East went down there last night to discuss tactics with Grant; by closing time we'd met up with Graham 'Barney' Barnes (I remember him when he was in I Jog and the Tracksuits!) and drawn up lofty plans for gigs by the likes of Wreckless Eric, John Cooper Clarke and John Otway. Earlier in the evening somewhat more down-to-earth topics were raised- getting an in-house P.A. system, ('don't worry, I work in a music shop!') how much we could afford to pay the acts, (not much to begin with) whether or not we should charge on the door (hopefully not, 'though it depends on the event) - it looks as if I've somehow become a promoter! Like I say, isn't drinking wonderful!!
On a more serious note it'll be great to have a live music venue locally that isn't just putting on karaoke and jam nights- if it can get off the ground with local acts then it's time for the likes of T.V. Smith, Attila the Stockbroker, Kris Dollimore... in the meantime Sarah and her harp return on the 19th of this month.